Ardern admits she may be seen as "an irritant" over Manus Island

Author
Barry Soper,
Section
World,
Publish Date
Monday, 13 November 2017, 7:08PM
The Prime Minister said she had raised the issue with her Australian counterpart again. Photo/Getty
The Prime Minister said she had raised the issue with her Australian counterpart again. Photo/Getty

The Prime Minister acknowledges she could be seen as an irritant to the Australians over her persistence on resettling the Manus Island refugees.

One of Malcolm Turnbull's Ministers Matt Canavan has described it as a publicity stunt by Jacinda Ardern.

She's seeking another meeting with Turnbull to discuss New Zealand's offer to take 150 of the refugees and doesn't believe the Aussie PM sees it as a stunt.

"I haven't asked. I would doubt that he would.

"He'll know the offer was genuine, it was genuine when it was first made by another Government and another leader, and it remains genuine now."

Ardern said she raised the issue with Turnbull in passing, but they have not discussed it further.

The two leaders are currently in Manila as part of the East Asia Summit. 

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